Manchester City ‘ready to pounce’ on Arsenal midfielder’s contract stand-off with £25m bid

Manchester City are ready to test Arsenal’s resolve with a £25 million offer for England winger/midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to a report in the Sun on Sunday.

23-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain has just 18 months left on his deal at the Emirates, and despite Arsène Wenger wanting to hold on to the youngster, no contract talks are currently planned.

Oxlade-Chamberlain will assess his options next month with Pep Guardiola said to be a huge fan of the player going back to the days when he lined up against Pep’s Bayern Munich side.

And with İlkay Gündoğan out for the season following his unfortunate cruciate ligament injury, Oxlade-Chamberlain could be used in a similar role or any number of positions – versatility being something Guardiola always values in a player.

It is reported that Oxlade-Chamberlain could double his £70,000-a-week wages at City were he to follow a well-trodden path taken by the likes of Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Bacary Sagna in the past.

This isn’t the first time Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with a switch to the Etihad. In March, renowned Times journalist Henry Winter told the City Watch Podcast that he was a target for Pep Guardiola. And ten months later, with his contract starting to run down and no talks on the horizon, City could pounce for the England international.

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